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May Start Dates, London Bridge:


Dates: Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 2nd May 2017 with Katy Schutte. Performance on Wednesday 28th June 2017. (2 places left) >> BOOK NOW

Time: 7pm - 9:30pm.

Price: £195. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £95 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.

Workshop Location: Charles Dickens School, Toulmin Street, London, SE1 1AF.

Tube: Borough (Northern Line) or London Bridge (Northern Line, Jubilee, Mainline Trains).


June Start Dates, London Bridge:


Dates: Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 6th June 2017 with Maria Peters. Performance on Friday  28th July 2017. >> BOOK NOW

Time: 7pm - 9:30pm.

Price: £195. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £95 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.

Workshop Location: Capital House, 6th Floor, 42 Weston Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 3QD.

Tube: London Bridge (Northern Line, Jubilee, Mainline Trains).


June Start Dates, King’s Cross:


Dates: Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 7th June 2017 with Heather Urquhart. Performance on Thursday 27th July 2017. >> BOOK NOW

Time: 7pm - 9:30pm.

Price: £195. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £95 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.

Venue: The Poor School, 242 Pentonville Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9JY.

Tube: King’s Cross.


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 29th March 2017 with Chris Mead. Performance on Wednesday 24th May 2017. FULLY BOOKED


All end of course performances take place at The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge, SE1 3SS.

Fringe Guru Remote Goat 1080 Magazine Edinburgh Guide

Long-Form Improv Course


An 8 week  course to learn the fundamentals of long-form improv, and how to improvise a free-flowing multiple scene long-form show, with a showcase performance at the end.


Long-form is a fluid & theatrical style of improvisation where a game is discovered during the scenes and where themes & story are discovered as you go along. Learn to support one another as a team, to work with a group mind and create longer shows from nothing.


We will be looking at how to start and finish scenes, how to generate characters and how to create set & props through physicality & dialogue.


This course will focus less on story and more on free-form long form. If you’re more interested in a more linear narrative check out our narrative course.


You will need previous improv experience to do this course. If you haven’t done much improv before it’s best to start with our beginners course and performance improv course.


Topics:


- Core improv skills.


- Scenes.


- Game of the scene.


- Discovering themes and story as you go.


- Support.


- Group mind.


- Long-form skills.


- Edits.


- Tag-outs.


- Characters.


- Object work.


- Environment.


- Monologues.


- Openings.


- Starting, escalating and ending scenes.


- Connecting scenes.


- Relationships.


- Emotions in scenes.


- Patterns and themes.


We’ll be covering various long-form show formats over the course and adapt to suit the group.


This course focus on free-flowing formats rather than linear narrative formats. We do a narrative course which is more about ongoing linear stories.


Next Available Dates:


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 2nd May. >> BOOK


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 6th June. >> BOOK


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 7th June. >> BOOK

FAQ


Q: Who is this suitable for?

A: People who’ve done some improv or acting before and want to learn about improvising long-form scenes. If you haven’t done any improv or acting before it’s best to start with our Beginners Improv Course first and our Performance Improv Course first.


Q: What comes after this course?

A: We do a variety of advanced improv courses which are suitable for after this course.


Q: What’s the difference between this course and the narrative course?

A: This course is all about free-form free-flowing long form. The focus of this course is not necessarily on linear story, it’s more on themes, patterns, relationships and finding the form of the show as you go. The narrative long-form course is instead more about linear story telling, using cause & effect, to tell one ongoing story/play. It is possible to do both courses as they do help each other.


Q: Where is the show?

A: The show takes place at our improv comedy club, at The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge, SE1 3SS.


Q: Will you be doing it again?

A: Yes, please see dates above for confirmed dates and we’ll also announce future dates on our twitter, facebook and email list.


Q: What if I can’t make every week?

A: As we’re forming a team over the course to do performances at the end it’s best not to miss more than one session over the course. If you think you’ll miss more than one sessions over the course please wait until another time to do the course. You won’t be able to do the show if you miss more than two sessions.


Q: What if I’m running late?

A: You’ll get the most from the course if you’re there each week at 7pm, and this enables us to form a team over the course. If you’re likely to be late each week please don’t book the course.


Q: What is the class size?

A: 14 people maximum.


Q: Do I have to perform in the show at the end?

A: No. The show is optional, and you’ll still get loads out of the course without doing the shows.


Q: Can I pay by instalments?

A: Yes. You can book and pay the £95 first instalment (non-refundable) and pay the remaining £100 once the course starts.


Next Available Dates:


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 2nd May 2017 with Katy Schutte. Performance on Wednesday 28th June 2017. >> BOOK NOW


Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 6th June 2017 with Maria Peters. Performance on Friday  28th July 2017. >> BOOK NOW


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 7th June 2017 with Heather Urquhart. Performance on Thursday 27th July 2017. >> BOOK NOW

“A quick paced, inventive and witty show.The Edinburgh Guide


“Chemistry between cast meant it was like funniest night amongst friends.” Camden New Journal


“A Comedy Masterclass.” The Post


“Lively, sharp, superior improvised fun!” Remote Goat


“Left me helpless with laughter”

Fringe Guru


“If improvisation floats your boat you should head to Hoopla. There’s fewer better ways to see what spur-of-the-moment comedy London has to offer.”

The Londonist


“Everywhere you look, huge grins suggest an enthusiasm-and an attentiveness-that is rarely seen in the classroom.”

The Daily Telegraph


“You really rocked it as ever, and I have heard nothing but good from the participants. Once again, thanks again for a splendid series of workshops.” Gareth Mitchell, Lecturer, Science Communication, Imperial College.


“Inspiring, hilarious and richly rewarding. The workshop brightened up everyone's morning. The whole experience was a true pleasure and hugely helpful.”

James Honda-Pinder, Apple


The supportive atmosphere ensures that even complete beginners will have the confidence to grow their skills.”

Time Out


“This introduction to improvisation will teach the skills you'll need to master scenes, stories and sketches in a relaxed environment.


“The workshop is supportive and collaborative and neatly strips out the expectation and nerves that result from comedic preparation.”

The Evening Standard


“Thanks for the workshop. All the feedback has been extremely positive! The team loved it!”

PR Manager, Comedy Central


“Most fun EVER at @hooplaimpro showcase tonight! On the bus home 6 hours later drunk on congratulatory drinks from other people! #Nocalories”

Helen, @treehouse1984


"Just wanted to say how much I loved this course, it really got me passionate about improv again, trying out a completely new style. I really loved it and my friends said that the show was amazing!"

Chloe Wittet


“Great improv workshop with @hooplaimpro couldn't stop smiling from beginning until end!”

@Rbethley


“Thank you for an awesome session this eve. Haven't laughed this much on a Monday eve for years :-)” @SarasmithsVO


“Have I mentioned that I’m Learning Improv with @hooplaimpro and it is the best thing ever? Because I am and it is.” @Flyingnelly


“My imagination has been given a serious workout this weekend with the @hooplaimpro course.”

@KittProudfoot


Reviews & Testimonials



Katy Schutte






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Katy trained at Second City and iO Chicago as well as with teachers from Annoyance, UCB and more.


She is a Funny Women finalist and winner of the Brighton Festival Fringe Best Comedy Show award.



Katy has performed with the Maydays for 11 years. In 2014 Katy created Oh Boy! The Quantum Leap Show, which returned to Edinburgh in 2015.


She performs in sci-fi improv group Project2, and produces and performs in Geekeasy the monthly comedy night for nerds.


She also performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with their Ghostbusters themed musical "Who Ya Gonna Call?" which received rave reviews. She also made her first solo theatre show I Have an Idea for a Film at the Edinburgh Fringe.


She is half of the two woman long form show Katy and Rach, and plays in the Destination podcast and live shows.


She coaches long form teams and leads workshops in England, Europe and the States. Katy was one of the first people to teach the rest of the Hoopla team, and inspired us to create various shows.


She has toured with Fluxx, improvised musicals with Music Box and Baby Wants Candy and notably guested in the London and Liverpool Improvathons, Grand Theft Impro and Messing with a Friend.


Katy is also a sketch comedian, actress and theatre-maker.


Katy is currently working on Knightmare Live and being a nerd consultant for a new Gonzo Moose show.

Maria Peters is an improv veteran, recently back from intensive training at IO Theatre in Chicago.


Maria is currently performing in Breaking & Entering, improvised long-form with Lauren Shearing, and also produces The Playground, one of Hoopla’s most popular nights.

She's worked with some of the world’s finest teachers of improv such as the legendary Keith Johnstone, Susan Messing, Baby Wants Candy, the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York & Chicago’s famous IO.


To top it all off Maria is a professional educator. Having spent over 10 years in learning & informal education, she understands the fundamentals of passing on knowledge in interactive & engaging ways.


Maria believes it’s paramount to put her students’ needs first and always creates a friendly, relaxed environment where the goal in every class is to learn new things while having a bloody good time.

Maria Peters


Heather Urquhart








She has co-written a book on improv and produced a series of associated podcasts.


She's also a performer with Brighton’s satirical comedy sketch company ‘The Treason Show’ since 2007, as well as a sometimes singer with the mercury music prize nominated Electric Soft Parade, New York Dollies and The Fiction Aisle.


She was awarded Best Female Performer, Brighton Festival and Fringe Awards 2013.

Heather trained in Physical Theatre and started a lifelong affair with improv in 2004 after joining Kepow Theatre with Kevin Tomlinson.


Since 2006 she has been a performer and director with the award winning Maydays.


Heather also performs with the Olivier Award winning ‘Showstopper! The Improvised Musical’, the UK's most successful improv show with West End runs and various UK tours.